Garrop / Muczynski / Ran / Yeh - Chicago Clarinet Classics | RECORD STORE DAY
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John Bruce Yeh, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's celebrated assistant principal clarinet and solo E-flat clarinet for over 40 years, headlines a program of lyrical and engaging chamber and solo works by noteworthy Windy City composers of the past and present, including three world-premiere recordings. Yeh, with Patrick Godon, the Chicago Symphony's principal keyboardist, and freelance clarinetist Teresa Reilly, who performs with the CSO at home and on tour, presents mid-20th-century works by Alexander Tcherepnin and Leo Sowerby, a late-century work by Robert Muczynski, and recent pieces by Stacy Garrop, Shulamit Ran, and clarinetist Reilly. World-premiere recordings include the album's centerpiece, Sowerby's witty and inventive 1938 Sonata for Clarinet and Piano; Ran's tender, heartfelt Spirit for solo B-flat Clarinet; and Reilly's The Forgiveness Train for two clarinets, an insistently rhythmic, pandemic-fueled dreamscape about personal peril amid natural beauty. Garrop's dramatic Phoenix Rising - a world-premiere recording of the version for clarinet - depicts the fiery death and triumphant rebirth of the Phoenix of Greek and Egyptian myth. The album opens with Tcherepnin's vivacious Sonata in one movement for clarinet and piano. Muczynski's Time Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, a popular repertoire staple, brings the program to a brilliant close.